Area colleges host Communications Convocation

Communications students at area colleges have been invited to participate in the area’s first Communications Convocation on Saturday, April 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program, to be held in Roche Hall at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is a collaborative effort of communications faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Gannon University, Mercyhurst College and Penn State Erie.

“Given the growth of the communications industry in Erie, this type of gathering is overdue,” said John Kerwin, associate professor of communications at Penn State Erie. “We have a wealth of communications expertise in our area, and we’d like local college students to meet some of these terrific role models and benefit from their expertise.”

Kerwin said the day will include a keynote speaker and breakout sessions focusing on the press, electronic media, advertising and public relations and new media, such as desktop publishing.

Keynote speaker for the day will be Erie Mayor Rick Filippi. 

Kerwin developed the convocation concept with Dr. Richard Welch, director of the communication department at Mercyhurst College, and they took the idea to professors Bill Doan at Gannon University and Terry Warburton at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. The student chapter of Women in Communications at Penn State Erie will assist in developing the event.

The convocation is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To register to attend, call the Megan McNamara or Angela Rush at 217-2413 or 898-9489.

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